I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.
30 Day Opera Challenge, Day 9
What aria do you most despise?
I know this is really counter-intuitive, but I really don’t like “Batti batti” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni. It’s not that I don’t like the music — it’s more that the subject matter bothers me.
Video: soprano Hei-Kyung Hong as Zerlina, Met Opera 2000, John Relyea seen as Masetto
Have I mentioned lately how much I love the Glimmerglass Festival in upstate New York? Because I love it so, so much. I’m not even there this summer, and I’m fangirling about them.
Check out their B-E-A-UTIFULproduction of Ariadne in Naxos, with a supremely amazing cast (as per the usual) and directed by the inimitable Francesca Zambello.
Prima Donna / Ariadne: Christine Goerke
Zerbinetta: Rachele Gilmore
Composer: Catherine Martin
Tenor / Bacchus: Corey Bix
Naiad: Jeni Houser
Dryad: Beth Lytwynec
Wig Maker: Thomas Richards
All photography by the amazing Karli Cadel.
Glimmerglass totally rocks. Gotta get there asap.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SUSAN GRAHAM!! One of my favorite sexy ladies.
Here she sings Ben Moore’s “Sexy Lady” (which he wrote for her) and speaks some French. Enjoy!